OMDC Newsletter
March 2015

OMDC Program Deadlines and News

Note: *All Program Deadlines are by 5 pm

Collaboration and Innovation Fund

The Collaboration and Innovation Fund (CIF) is a pilot program developed in response to ongoing changes in the marketplace, the continued blending of content across sectors and platforms, and evolving business models. The CIF will help transform innovative and entrepreneurial ideas into goods and services, and drive growth and productivity.

The CIF provides support for projects that fit within OMDC’s mandate but currently fall outside of existing program parameters.

Phase One – Development Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015 by 5:00 pm
Phase Two – Production/Implementation Deadline: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by 5:00 pm

OMDC Film Fund

April 20, 2015 - OMDC Film Fund Development and Production deadlines

Ontario Music Fund (OMF)

May 7, 2015 - OMF – Music Company Development

May 11, 2015 - OMF Live Music Stream Application Deadline

May 14, 2015 - OMF – Music Futures

OMDC Research Grants

OMDC offers financial support directly to incorporated not-for-profit industry organizations undertaking research initiatives that support or complement the mandate of OMDC. Full eligibility requirements and guidelines are outlined in the OMDC Research Grant Guidelines. The last deadline for the Research Grant program in 2014-15 is Monday, March 16.
We are pleased to announce the deadlines for the Research Grant program in 2015-16:

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
  • Monday, November 9, 2015
  • Monday, March 14, 2016 (decisions for this deadline will be made after April 1, 2016)

For all upcoming deadlines, application through the Online Application Portal is now mandatory. New users to the OAP will first have to register for a user account . OAP training videos are available online and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

OMDC-Supported Research

With funding from OMDC and support from Ryerson University, MusicOntario, a division of the Canadian Independent Music Association, conducted town hall meetings and online surveys of music industry workers in 12 communities across Southern Ontario in order to gauge the state of music industry education and infrastructure in each location and across the region as a whole. The document includes a directory and mapping of currently active recording studios, artist managers and booking agents across Ontario. To read the report, click here.

OMDC's OAP Training Videos Available Online!

We are very pleased to announce that the OAP training videos have gone live and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

OAP Quick Tip

The Portal Dashboard displays five of the most recent action items by default. To see the full list, click SHOW ALL at the bottom right corner of the Action Items table. You can also remove closed action items from the Dashboard by selecting the HIDE button to the right of the closed items.

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Industry Deadlines and News

Super Channel Development Fund

The Super Channel Development Fund is open and accepting applications for its fourth round of development financing. The next deadline will be March 27, 2015. Visit for further information.

The Pixel Lab 2015 is now accepting applications!

The Pixel Lab is now open! Selecting up to 20 producers with a project and 20 media professionals without from anywhere in the world (new to 2015!), The Pixel Lab equips participants with an unrivalled understanding of how to engage audiences, utilise emerging technologies and interactivity to expand IP and brands over multiple platforms, and how to find new sources of finance.

Workshop One: 28 June - 4 July, Scotland
All participants will receive project-focused mentoring and tutorials from the likes of:

Workshop Two: July - September, distance mentoring
Participants attending with a project receive three months of distance mentoring on developing the finance strategy, audience and brand of their project with Sean Coleman, PttP's Project Director.

Workshop Three: 12 - 15 October, London
Participants attending with a project pitch their idea and engage in a series of 1-2-1 business meetings with representatives from companies such as ARTE France; Arts Council England; BBC; Bell Fund; BFI; British Council; BuzzFeed; Canada Media Fund; CBBC; Channel 4; CNC; Dazed & Confused; DFI; Egmont UK; France Télévisions; Gaité Lyrique; Hypernaked; McCann; MFG; MEDIA; MediaCom Beyond Advertising; Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; NFB Canada; Nordisk Film & TV Fond; OMDC; Penguin Books; RTVE; SODEC; The Guardian; The Harmony Institute; Tate Media; Telefilm Canada; TorinoFilmLab; Tribeca Film Institute; VICE; Vimeo; Wallimage and ZDF.

Plus there's €3,000 up for grabs for one lucky participant!

Applications close March 26 2015, 18.00 Bst. Head to their website for full details and to apply!

Ontario Mission to NAB 2015, Media/Entertainment, Las Vegas

April 13-16, 2015: For the first time, the Government of Ontario invites you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 ( NAB is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. It attracts more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and 1,550 exhibitors. The program is open to twelve Ontario-based companies. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include turn-key exhibit space in the award-winning Ontario Pavilion (South Upper Hall # SU9125) located at a main entrance, a program targeting potential clients, databases of local and international contacts and networking activities, and two exhibitor passes per company. COST: From $1,500 to $2,200. Financial assistance may be available through To apply, please contact

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Mar. 9-15 JUNO Week 2015, Hamilton, Ontario.
Mar. 12 BookNet Canada Tech Forum, Toronto, Ontario.
Mar. 12 Dx3 Canada 2015 - Digital Marketing Advertising Show, Toronto, Ontario.
Mar. 12-15 Guadalajara International Film Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
Mar. 12-Apr. 19 TIFF DigiPlay Space 2015, Toronto, Ontario.
Mar. 13-14 JUNO Fest, Hamilton, Ontario.
Mar. 13-17 SXSW – Interactive, Austin, Texas,USA.
Mar. 13-21 SXSW – Film, Austin, Texas, USA.
Mar. 14 JUNO Fan Fare, Lime Ridge Mall, 999 Upper Wentworth St, Hamilton, Ontario.
Mar. 15 JUNO Awards 2015, Hamilton, Ontario.
Mar. 15 JUNO Songwriters Circle, The Great Hall – Hamilton Place, Hamilton, Ontario.
Mar. 17-22 SXSW – Music, Austin, Texas, USA.
Mar. 23 Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), Hong Kong, China.
Mar. 25-27 FICCI Frames Market 2015, Mumbai, India.
Mar. 25-27 The 2015 Canada International Film Festival, Edgewater Casino, Vancouver, BC.
Mar. 29-Apr. 2 Bologna Children's Book Fair, Bologna, Italy.
Apr. 2-5 LAWEBFEST (Los Angeles Web Series Festival), Los Angeles, California, USA.
Apr. 7-19 TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario.
Apr. 10-19 Cinéfranco - Francophone International Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario.
Apr. 11-12 MIPDoc, Cannes, France.
Apr. 12-14 FITC Toronto 2015 - The Technology & Creativity Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
Apr. 13-16 MIPTV 2015, Cannes, France.
Apr. 14-16 The London Book Fair 2015, London, UK.
Apr. 16-23 The Beijing International Film Market, Beijing, China.
Apr. 23-May 3 Hot Docs - Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Ontario.
Apr. 24-25 2015 Ontario Writers' Conference, Ajax, Ontario.
Apr. 27-28 Discovery Conference 2015 - Innovation-to-Commercialization Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
Apr. 27- 19 Annual Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards, Toronto, Ontario.
Apr. 29 National Canadian Film Day
May 1-9 Canadian Music Week 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

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